God's Sword of Truth - The Word
Tongues in the New Testament were real, syntactical languages (composed of nouns, verbs, grammatical structure) which were foreign to the speaker. The word most often used for tongues (glossa), is the normal and common word for language. Another word sometimes used (dialektos) also refers to language (ACTS 2:6-8); it is a synonym for glossa in ACTS 2:6-8 - "Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? ", and verse 11 - "Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues and wonderful works of God." The Biblical gift of tongues was the miraculous ability to speak real languages by means of the power of the Holy Spirit. Tongues, then, had two basic ingredients: intelligibility and supernatural assistance.
Make no mistake about it, the gift and use of tongues is of the Holy Spirit and can be used as He wills, for whatever the sign. The warning I give is, it can not be labeled. It is not Pentecostal or some new Evangelical movement. It is a Biblical term or teaching used by the Holy Spirit as a sign of faith. It is not for the believer (he or she has faith) but for the unbeliever as a sign. Private use of tongues is out of order and not scriptural. It is not evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is not Charismatic in any form. It is a misguided use of a spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit. Satan can also speak in tongues, so can his Angels of Light. In the last days, Satan is using all his cults and movements to mislead souls, to confuse them from truth. Christians (we are told by scripture) are not in need of signs. Jesus stated no sign would be given in the last days. Read MATT. 12:39, it says it all, it's God's Word on it.
Charismatics have used JOHN 18:6 ("As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.") to justify the practice of tongues, as well as leaders who use the laying on of hands, causing them to swoon, faint, slump down or fall backwards to the ground, so as to feel a power from above. Not only is this a dangerous practice, it is of the devil, not from above, but from below. All these forms of hypnotism and unconscious acts are in fact occult practices.
They all glory in signs and miracles of the flesh, outward signs as the basis of faith. Even though the practice and message is unscriptural, it is a great deceitfulness.
I cannot warn you enough. Be not deceived, be on guard, keep the faith that you have received by the Holy Spirit. Over-come the world and be an over-comer. Follow the Holy Spirit's Word of truth. You have a gift by the Holy Spirit in Christ, don't give it away. Also see our other article titled Work of the Holy Spirit.
There are many scriptures on proper use of tongues. Read them. Follow them. The truth shall set you free. I COR. 14:3-19, I COR. 14:27-35. See I COR. 13:8. It is written: tongues shall cease, there is a reason, do you know it? - read the Scripture and you will know it.
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.